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Updated Monday, January 7, 2013 at 01:01 AM

Multiple reports says Chip Kelly will remain at Oregon

By Seattle Times news services

Chip Kelly is staying at Oregon.

A person with knowledge of the decision confirmed Sunday night that Kelly is passing up a chance to coach in the NFL to remain with the Ducks. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Oregon and Kelly haven't formally announced the decision.

The decision was first reported by ESPN, and several other media outlets reported the same decision.

Kelly had lengthy interviews this weekend with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, and also talked to the Buffalo Bills. Last year, he had talks with Tampa Bay.

The 49-year-old coach earned a base salary of $2.8 million last season at Oregon and has five years left on his contract. The Ducks, known for their innovative offense, beat Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night to finish the season 12-1.

The Browns questioned whether Kelly "was committed to coming to the NFL," said a source, and the team decided to continue the search for their sixth coach since 1999.

Meanwhile, the Eagles took their coaching search to Denver to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy after a lengthy meeting with Kelly a night earlier in Arizona.

Notes

• Syracuse coach Doug Marrone reached an agreement to become the Buffalo Bills' new coach, three people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. One person said the sides were still putting the finishing touches on the contract for Marrone to sign.

• The Arizona Cardinals expect to speak in the coming week with Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, younger brother of Jon Gruden, about their coaching position.


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